Fraud and Identity Theft in the Time of COVID-19

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Our country is currently experiencing an enormous increase in fraud schemes and identity thefts related to COVID-19. Fraud schemes include everything from selling fake cures online to phishing emails posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to malicious websites and apps that appear to share coronavirus information but actually lock your devices until … Read More

The CARES Act and What it Means for You

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020, the “CARES Act”, was signed by President Trump on Friday, March 27, 2020. This is the third major piece of legislation signed into law since COVID-19 burst onto our radar, and it contains many Band-Aids™ to put on the open wound that is this novel coronavirus. There is a great … Read More

Some Thoughts on the Current Situation

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I don’t know when the stock market will come back, or how strongly, or which sectors, and so providing advice is crystal ball reading at its most opaque. Right now, any spare money is best invested in U.S. Treasury obligations, but money that is already in the stock market is clearly not available to put elsewhere without having to realize … Read More

A Cautionary (Healthcare) Tale

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This is a story about healthcare, about choices and circumstances and how everything can fall apart in an instant. It began with my first job after graduate school, which was awful and paid poorly, but came with solid gold healthcare coverage, fully paid by my employer. The insurance included no co-pays, no deductibles, and no co-insurances. And I used it … Read More


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After many years of planning, my husband and I scaled down, decluttered, and moved to Costa Rica with our dog and cat four months ago. This has been a transformational move for both of us. Since we’ve been here, we’re eating better, sleeping more restfully, losing weight, and generally enjoying life. We’ve landed in Paradise. Yes, serpents exist, both literal … Read More

Twas the Night Before Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…, except for the family tax consultant, who was still figuring out what, if anything, her clients should be doing before the end of 2017. In case you haven’t heard, or have, but are muffled in confusion about what it all means, there’s significant new tax … Read More

Equifax Security Breach

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You may be aware that Equifax, one of the three major credit monitoring companies, publicly announced on September 7, 2017, that there was a cybersecurity breach of their data affecting approximately 143,000,000 U.S. consumers dating back to May 2017, and discovered by them late in July. This article is on that Equifax security breach. Among the information accessed by unauthorized … Read More

Small Business Lessons

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In 1999, my family and I made an uncertain landfall in Vermont. Now, thirteen years later, we can look back on a turbulent adventure that has given us a quality family life and a profitable and fulfilling business. As 2012 begins, my business has become a muscular enterprise. I have learned much, since I first hung out my shingle, about … Read More